Teletalk launching 3G in July

Bangladesh’s telecoms minister, Rajiuddin Ahmed Raju, announced that state-run GSM mobile operator Teletalk will launch the country’s first W-CDMA/HSPA-based 3G network within the next two months, having missed a previously announced launch date of late-March. The minister revealed the launch target at a meeting with International Telecommunication Union (ITU) deputy secretary-general, Houlin Zhao. Teletalk’s managing director Mujibur Rahman told BDNews24.com that technical preparations for launching the trial 3G service in July are in the ‘final stages’, and explained that delays have occurred due to the company dealing with a new technology. The government was granting Teletalk a six-month exclusivity period to trial 3G ahead of its larger private sector competitors, and the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) subsequently confirmed that Teletalk would be permitted to launch a 3G network trial in the 2100MHz band from 26 March 2012, with no other operator able to launch until late-September. The BTRC sought expressions of bidding interest from 7 May, and will begin receiving formal applications from 12 July, publish the final bidder list on 19 July and hold an open auction on 3 September for four 2100MHz licences, which will allow the deployment of 3G and/or 4G services. In total, five technology-neutral 10MHz concession blocks are earmarked for three privately owned Bangladeshi mobile operators, one potential new foreign entrant, and Teletalk, which will not need to compete in an auction, but will pay for its UMTS spectrum allocation at a cost equal to the highest bid. GlobalComms adds that Teletalk is the smallest player in the Bangladesh cellular market with less than 1.5% of subscribers, while the country’s second-smallest cellco, SingTel-owned CityCell, is the sole provider of a 3G mobile service, based on CDMA2000 1xEV-DO technology, but has struggled to win customers who have increasingly opted for the wireless broadband internet services of WiMAX network operators Banglalion and Qubee. Meanwhile, there is galloping demand for the 2.5G mobile internet services of the GSM operators, led by GrameenPhone.

Source: TeleGeography

San Miguel to compete for 3G licence

Philippine San Miguel Corp is planning to bid for 3G spectrum, the Malaya Business Insight reports. The company owns four telecommunications companies: Eastern Telecommunications Philippines (ETPI), Bell Telecommunication (BellTel), Express Telecommunication, and Liberty Telecom Holding. The company will compete for any of the two 3G licences up for bidding.

Source: TelecomPaper

Huawei launches TDFi product at 2012 LTE World Summit

Huawei has launched an end-to-end TDFi product at 2012 LTE World Summit. With TDFi, end users can access LTE TDD networks with any Wi-Fi-enabled devices to access mobile data services. This enhances LTE TDD network resource utilisation, and accelerates existing network data distribution in hotspot areas. The TDFi adopts LTE TDD mobile backhaul instead of wired backhaul to solve the problem of WLAN deployment. In March this year, China Mobile took the lead in organising a ‘China Mobile Happy LTE TDD Network Experience’ activity Hangzhou. Using Huawei’s TDFi product, people riding in buses could experience stable LTE TDD data services using Wi-Fi-enabled smartphones. In the near future, the TDFi will enable LTE TDD to improve people’s mobile communications in medical care, information sharing, mobile video and community management among others.

Source: TelecomPaper

4G to be introduced this year in Kazakhstan

4G technology will be introduced in both Astana and Almaty later this year. Future developments in the field of information and communication technologies have been discussed at the “Connect Kazakhstan-2012” international exhibition and conference. It opened prior to the fifth Astana Economic Forum. The market of information and communication technologies is growing rapidly in Kazakhstan. By the end of the year, 60% of socially important public services will be provided in the electronic format. This task was set by the President in his state-of-the-nation address.

Askar Zhumagaliyev, KAZAKH MINISTER OF TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATIONS:
The Ministry of Transport, the “Zerde” holding company and the private sector will promote mobile e-government solutions together along with mobile solutions of not only public services, but also among people as well as companies.

Kazakhstan is ranked 38th in the UN e-government ranking among 190 countries, and shares second place with Singapore in terms of e-participation, which measures the opportunities for online communication between citizens and the government .

 

Source: Caspionet.kz

Mobily chooses Ericsson for EPC upgrade

The Saudi cellular and broadband internet provider Mobily has signed an agreement with Ericsson for an Evolved Packet Core (EPC) solution to support its 2G, 3G and 4G wireless networks. The technology will support the growth of mobile broadband technology, new multimedia services and machine-to-machine (M2M) applications.

Source: TeleGeography

Kenya Moves Ahead With $500 Million Shared 4G Network

­The Kenyan government is pushing ahead with plans for a shared 4G network, despite opposition from the country’s dominant mobile network, Safaricom. The government plans to spend upwards of US$500 million with the deployment due to start next year.

Safaricom will withdraw from the plans for a shared LTE network for all the mobile networks if the government insists that it operate in the 2.6Ghz spectrum band. Safaricom wants the network to be built using the 700Mhz spectrum band as it requires far fewer base stations, especially in rural areas and is hence cheaper to deploy, at least initially.

Source: Cellular-News

TIM Brasil lines up to participate in 4G auction

Telecom Italia chairman Franco Bernabe has confirmed that the group’s Brazilian asset TIM Participacoes (TIM Brasil) will take part in the country’s upcoming auction of 4G mobile spectrum, despite concerns over the regulator, Anatel’s, auction process. With the auction of frequencies suitable for Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology set to start on 12 June, only last week Brazil’s leading cellcos TIM, Oi, Vivo, Claro and Sweden’s AINMT (which controls Net1), reportedly filed separate petitions to challenge Anatel’s auction plan. TIM Brasil published a statement questioning the regulator’s, decision to forge ahead with the sale of 4G frequencies in the 450MHz and 2.5GHz bands, calling it ‘a premature initiative’. Highlighting what it sees as potential risks in the plan, TIM Brasil argued that the watchdog’s bidding documents contain elements that could adversely impact competitiveness among potential bidders.

Source: TeleGeography

PTA Asks PTCL to Clear Unpaid Dues

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has issued two directives to PTCL asking to clear the unpaid dues on account of numbering charges and spectrum charges for 9000 VHF links within fifteen day to avoid any further action from authority.

PTA in its notices sent to PTCL said that landline giant owes it PKR 46.04 million in numbering charges, which includes a penalty for late payment in addition to PKR 14.8 million for spectrum charges.

PTCL has been told to pay the fees within fifteen days.

The authority asked PTCL earlier several time through letters including reminders to pay the same dues to the authority as soon as possible but the company failed to comply its orders.

PTA said that these notices were sent after properly hearing PTCL’s viewpoint during hearings at PTA headquarters.

Mobilink partners with we.R.play for mobile game dev workshop

Mobilink Jazba has announced three workshops for mobile app developers in Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad.

Jazba website says that mobile app developer and those who are into game development are invited to attend this workshop, which is apparently free of charge.

Jazba is going to give away cash prizes and gifts for those who will outclass others in development. Though details of the prizes aren’t revealed so far.

A note displayed on Jazba website reads:

Are you a mobile app developer? Are you into games? Do you have what it takes to compete against the best? Then Mobilink is giving you the opportunity to develop your favorite mobile game and win cash and lots of other fabulous prizes!

From details that we have got unofficially, it appears that workshops are aimed for fresh and professional developers alike. Though we are yet to receive more details on it officially. In any case, you can give it a try, especially if you are new to mobile app and game development.

Following are the dates for workshops:

Islamabad: May 18th, 2012
Lahore: May 19th, 2012
Karachi: May 20th, 2012
How to Participate:

If you are a looking for a chance to participate in these mobile app and game dev workshops then head to this URL: http://jazba.com.pk/gbg – fill the form and then expect a reply from Jazba team. That’s it.

LCC wins 3G initial tuning contract at Mexican operator

LCC International, provider of wireless, wireline voice and data turn-key services, has won a large 3G initial tuning project for a mobile operator in Mexico. Under the terms of the contract, LCC Mexico will be providing 20 teams for six months to verify 1700+ network sites through site audits, site analysis, drive test and optimization activities to meet strict key performance indicators (KPI’s) requirements and ensure the network’s initial performance before the 3G network commercial launch.

Source: TelecomPaper

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